HELPING HANDS: Montana Connors from Roseberry Community Services, Ryan Fenton, 3, Julie Petersen from Port City Kids child care centre, Brooke Skinner, 3, Lisa McDermott from Roseberry Community Services, Ella Walz, 3, Amy Stallan, Nevaeh Matthews, 3, Susan Neil and Curtis Shore, 3.
HELPING HANDS: Montana Connors from Roseberry Community Services, Ryan Fenton, 3, Julie Petersen from Port City Kids child care centre, Brooke Skinner, 3, Lisa McDermott from Roseberry Community Services, Ella Walz, 3, Amy Stallan, Nevaeh Matthews, 3, Susan Neil and Curtis Shore, 3.

'Would you like my jacket?' 3yo sparks kindness push

IT STARTED when a girl offered her friend the jacket off her back on a cold day at Port City Kids childcare centre.

The three-year-old noticed her friend was cold and didn't have a jacket of her own.

"You look cold - would you like my jacket?"

The little girl's act of kindness sparked an idea in Port City worker Julie Petersen's mind.

Mrs Petersen began to teach her class the important lesson of giving without receiving.

"It was only such a small thing, but the child's gesture warmed my heart," she said.

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"It's not something you would expect from someone so young. We should be teaching all of our children to think that way as early as we can."

The childcare worker asked the children in her room to start bringing old belongings in to donate to those in need.

"The response we had was amazing - all of the parents got on board and the children were so excited about it," Mrs Petersen said.

"We had items from brand new sleeping bags, blankets, clothes, towels and so much more.

"The kids would come in every day with a different item to donate; they were starting to understand the concept and couldn't be happier to help."

Mrs Peterson said by the end of the month almost $300 worth of items were ready to be donated.

All of the items went to Roseberry Community Services, an organisation that will distribute the items to those in need.

"It was such a good learning experience for the kids and the staff.

"It's not hard to give something back and that's the philosophy we want these kids growing up with," Mrs Petersen said.

"I understand the hardships of life - it can mean the world to someone to have a blanket to sleep under at night.

"This is real, this is someone's life and the kids here at Port City have learnt this."



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